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International Womens Media Foundation Presents 2013 Courage In Journalism Awards

first_imgChristiane Amanpour (CNN) and Cynthia McFadden (ABC News) will co-host the 2013 Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented by the International Women’s Media Foundation.For the past 22 years, the IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards have honored women journalists who show extraordinary strength of character and integrity while reporting the news under dangerous or difficult circumstances. The IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award is given each year to a woman journalist whose determination has paved the way for others in the news media. Including this year’s award winners, 78 journalists have won Courage Awards, and 22 journalists have been honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.This year’s Awards honorees are Najiba Ayubi, Director, The Killid Group, Afganistan; Nour Kelze, Photographer, Reuters, Syria; and Bopha Phorn, Reporter, The Cambodian Daily, Cambodia. First black female editor in Zimbabwe Edna Machirori will be honored with the IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award. Bank of America Global Strategy and Marketing officerAnne Finucane will receive the inaugural IWMF Leadership Award.George Stephanopoulos (ABC News, Good Morning America), Norah O’Donnell (CBS This Morning), Gwen Ifill (PBS NewsHour) and Judy Woodruff (PBS NewsHour) will present awards. Expected to attend are Marie Claire’s Anne Fulenwider as the event Chair, as well as Robin Roberts (Good Morning America), Connie Chung (ABC News), JuJu Chang (ABC News), Paula Zahn (PBS’s SundayArts), Kate Bolduan (CNN’s New Day), Jill Abramson (The New York Times), Deborah Turness(President, NBC News), Debra Shriver (VP and Chief Communications Officer, Hearst Corporation), Martha Nelson (Editor-In-Chief, Time Inc.), Kim St. Clair Bodden (Senior Vice President/Editorial Director, Hearst Magazines), Pamela Fiori (Editor-At-Large, Hearst Magazines), Deborah Roberts (ABC News), Deborah Lloyd (President, Kate Spade), Matt Winkler (Editor-In-Chief, Bloomberg News), Abigail Disney (Filmmaker and Philanthropist), Tracey Zabar (author) and more.Founded in 1990 by a group of prominent U.S. women journalists, the International Women’s Media Foundation is a Washington-based organization that is dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide. The IWMF believes the news media are not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women. The IWMF celebrates the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to speak out on global issues. The IWMF’s programs empower women journalists with the training, support and network to become leaders in the news industry.WHEN: Wednesday, October 23, 2013WHERE: Cipriani 42nd Street 110 East 42nd Street, New York Citylast_img read more

Katy Perry Concert Tickets To Benefit Charity

first_imgInternational superstar, Katy Perry, will kick off the North American leg of her highly anticipated PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR on June 22nd in Raleigh, North Carolina.The 46-city tour is presented by Goldenvoice, a division of AEG Live. She will be touring in support of PRISM, which debuted at number one on The Billboard 200 and remains in the Top Ten three months after release. The platinum album has given Katy her biggest ever single with “Roar”, while “Dark Horse” just became her lucky 13th Top Ten hit on The Billboard Hot 100.Katy is teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity again to offer fans some of the very best seats in the house to benefit important charitable causes, available exclusively at www.ticketsforcharity.com. Additionally, $1 from each ticket sold for the North American leg of THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR will be donated to UNICEF.“THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR is coming to light up some of my favorite North American cities this summer, as well as some new cities that you introduced me to through your video requests” said Katy. “This colorful show will bring you all the songs you know as well as ones from my new album, PRISM. I’m so excited that I got to hand-select some of my favorite artists to join me on this journey – I know you’ll love Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves and Tegan and Sara as much as I do.”The state-of-the art stage, specifically designed by Katy for THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR, allows her to get closer to her fans than ever before. The one-of-a-kind set design will provide concert-goers with a truly magical experience from every angle in the arena. Ticket offerings include a limited number of general admission tickets in the intimate “Reflection Section”.last_img read more

Fifth Harmony Are Angels For Animals

first_imgFresh off their sold-out tour and debut album release, X Factor superstars Fifth Harmony have teamed up with peta2, PETA’s youth division, for a new ad that proclaims, “Be an Angel for Animals.”Fifth Harmony Angels For AnimalsAnd in an accompanying peta2 video spot, the “Worth It” singers point to the many ways we can all earn our halos, from taking proper care of our dogs and cats to choosing to attend animal-free circuses.Video: Fifth Harmony: Be an Angel for Animals“You don’t need wings or a halo to be an ‘angel’ for animals,” says Lauren Jauregui. Camila Cabello adds, “Always adopt — never buy animals from pet stores or breeders. And always spay or neuter.” And Normani Kordei says, “Never leave cats or dogs unattended outside.” Ally Brooke urges everyone to “[s]ay no to circuses that exploit and abuse animals,” and Dinah Jane Hansen encourages, “Keep cruelty out of your closet. Don’t buy clothing with real fur or fur trim.”Spaying and neutering — and always adopting, never buying — dogs and cats is the best way to cut down on the homeless-animal crisis. By steering clear of circuses that use animals, everyone can help elephants who are kept constantly chained and beaten into performing. And fur-free wardrobes prevent foxes, minks, rabbits, and other animals from being bludgeoned, electrocuted, and even skinned alive on fur farms.Fifth Harmony join a long list of musicians and other celebrities — including Pink, Jhené Aiko, Kid Ink, Rachel Crow, Cody Simpson, and many others — who have teamed up with peta2, whose motto states that “animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.”last_img read more

Hillary Clinton To Be Honored At 8th Annual Elly Awards Hosted By

first_imgThe Women’s Forum of New York will present the 8th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon benefiting The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum on Monday, June 18th at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.The awards, named for the Women’s Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, will honor outstanding women leaders. This year marks the 31th anniversary of the Education Fund of the Women’s Forum, which has helped over 220 women age 35 and over, whose lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity, complete their college degrees.The 2018 Elly Award Recipients will be:· Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former First Lady, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State, and presidential candidate.· Sheila C. Johnson, Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts.· Deirdre Quinn, CEO and Co-Founder of Lafayette 148 New York.Paula Zahn, nine-time Emmy Award winning host and executive producer of “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” will moderate a conversation on leadership with honorees Sheila C. Johnson and Deirdre Quinn following the presentation of the awards.“The Women’s Forum of New York is comprised of the most accomplished and successful women in the city from every professional sector. We know from our own success how critical education is, so our Education Fund is one way we ‘give back’ – helping women age 35 and over whose lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity complete their education and get their lives back on track. We hope we inspire them, because their dreams, drive, and determination certainly inspire us.” – Linda A. Willett, President of the Women’s Forum of New York.“Thirty-one years ago, the Education Fund embarked on a mission to help women who had overcome devastating hardships in their lives realize their dream of a college education. Since then, we are proud to have given over $1.43 million in financial awards to over 220 women to help them return to school, earn their degree, and take their place in the professional work world. Our financial awards have transformed their lives, influenced their families, and improved communities.” – Ilene Wachs, President, The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum.Marcy Syms, Former Chairman and CEO of Syms Corporation, is Chair of the 2018 Elly Awards. Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, will present the Elly Award to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. Kay Unger, President of Kay Unger Design, & CEO of the Kay Unger Family Foundation will present the Elly Award to Sheila C. Johnson. Joyce Brown, President of the Fashion Institute of Technology, will present the Elly Award to Deirdre Quinn.About The 2018 Elly Honorees:Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, has spent four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State, and presidential candidate.Hillary Clinton was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 26, 1947. After graduating from Wellesley College and Yale Law School, she began her life-long work on behalf of children and families by joining the Children’s Defense Fund. In 1974, she moved to Arkansas, where she married Bill Clinton and became a successful attorney while also raising their daughter, Chelsea.As First Lady of the United States, from 1993 to 2001, Hillary Clinton championed health care for all Americans and led successful bipartisan efforts to improve the adoption and foster care systems, reduce teen pregnancy, and create the Children’s Health Insurance Program.In 2000, Clinton made history as the first First Lady elected to the United States Senate, and the first woman elected to statewide office in New York. As Senator, she worked across party lines to expand economic opportunity and access to quality, affordable health care. After September 11, 2001, she helped to rebuild New York and provide health care for first responders.In 2007, she began her historic campaign for president, winning 18 million votes and becoming the first woman to ever win a presidential primary or caucus state.In her four years as America’s chief diplomat and the President’s principal foreign policy adviser, Clinton led the effort to restore America’s leadership in the world. She negotiated a cease-fire in Gaza that defended Israel’s security and headed off another war in the Middle East, mobilized an international coalition to impose crippling sanctions against Iran, and championed human rights around the world, as she has her entire career.In 2016, Clinton made history again by becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. political party. As the Democratic candidate for president, she campaigned on a vision of America that is “stronger together” and an agenda to make our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top, earning the support of nearly 66 million Americans.Hillary Rodham Clinton is the author of seven best-selling books. What Happened – released in September of 2017 – spent 16 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.She and President Clinton reside in New York, have one daughter, Chelsea, and are the proud grandparents of Charlotte and Aidan.Sheila C. Johnson, Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, a growing collection of luxury properties including the equestrian-inspired Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, and three of Florida’s top golf resorts—Hammock Beach in Palm Coast, Reunion in Orlando and Innisbrook in Tampa Bay, as well as the new Henderson Beach Resort in Destin.As Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Ms. Johnson is the only African-American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, for which she serves as President and Managing Partner. She also served five years on the Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association.Ms. Johnson has long been a powerful influence in the entertainment industry, starting with her work as founding partner of Black Entertainment Television and serving as executive producer of four documentary films. In 2016, she co-founded WE Capital, a venture capital consortium to support female-led enterprises that can advance transformational social change. She also serves on the board of the Greater Washington Partnership, which seeks to strengthen the region’s global position as a center for commerce and innovation.Ms. Johnson is a member of the Leadership Council at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, and founder of the Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellowship, which supports emerging leaders who share a commitment to reducing disparities in African-American communities. A lifelong supporter of the arts, she also founded and chairs the Middleburg Film Festival, an annual celebration of independent film that opened to sell-out crowds in 2013.Deirdre Quinn is the CEO and Co-Founder of Lafayette 148 New York, a New York-based women’s fashion brand named after the address in Soho where it was founded. Created in 1996, Lafayette 148 is known for sophisticated, minimalist designs that fuse luxurious fabrics, outstanding craftsmanship, and a modern sensibility inspired by the dynamism of New York City. With its own workshop and production facility in Shantou China, Lafayette 148 New York is one of the rare vertically-integrated fashion brands.Deirdre’s early love of craft led her to a degree in fashion design. Before founding Lafayette 148, her passion for fashion production and merchandizing led her to executive positions with Donna Karan, Escada, and Liz Claiborne, where her work took her to over seventy countries.Deirdre is a strong believer in giving back and enriching the world through education. Among her many charitable endeavors, she serves on the board of the School of Dreams, an elementary school funded by Lafayette 148 New York that provides a completely free private education to the children of Shantou.Appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2010, Deirdre also serves as an Associate Partner with the Partnership for NYC and is a member of C200. She has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which recognized her leadership of Lafayette 148, mentorship and contributions to the global community and is a proud member of the Women’s Forum of New York.About The Women’s Forum of New York:The Women’s Forum of New York is the city’s premier organization of women leaders. The invitation only membership of more than 500 women represents the highest levels of achievement across all professional sectors from finance to fine arts. Started in 1974, the Women’s Forum of New York is the founding flagship of the International Women’s Forum, a global organization of 6,500 dynamic women leaders in 33 countries and 74 Forums around the world.The Women’s Forum of New York is dedicated to the advancement of women’s leadership through programs which enrich members lives personally and professionally, through the Education Fund which enables talented women whose potential has been derailed by extreme adversity to resume their education, and through the Corporate Board Initiative which extends and expands the contribution of women leaders through board participation.About The Education Fund:The Education Fund is the educational and charitable arm of The Women’s Forum of New York, established under a separate corporate governance as a 501c3 tax deductible organization. Since 1987, the Fund has provided financial awards to women 35 and over who have demonstrated high potential and faced extreme adversity which has disrupted their education and derailed their futures. These women fall outside the scope of most traditional scholarship programs and these awards help them complete their education and get their careers and lives back on track. Funding is provided by member donation and an annual fundraising event, The Elly Awards Luncheon, which honors outstanding women leaders. Over the past 31 years, awards totaling over $1.43 million have helped over 220 women overcome adversity and lift themselves and their children up the economic ladder.To purchase tickets to the 8th Annual Elly Awards, click here.last_img read more

THE ACTRA AWARDS IN MONTREAL – 2017 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Videogame:Julian Casey                           Stories: The Hidden PathsChimwemwe Miller                 Deus Ex: Mankind DividedVictoria Sanchez                    Deus Ex: Mankind DividedClaudia Besso                        Deus Ex: Mankind DividedShawn Baichoo                     Watch Dogs 2Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female:Claudia Ferri                          A Date With Miss FortuneCharlotte Rogers                   LARPs: the SeriesSabrina Campilii                    Real Detective Helena Marie                        Stagecoach: The Texas Jack StoryElizabeth Neale                     LARPs: the SeriesNominees for Outstanding Performance – Male: Andreas Apergis                    Gurov & AnnaJesse Camacho                     We’re Still TogetherJonathan Silver                    LARPs: the SeriesDavid Francis                       Cold CallVladimir Alexis                     Stonewall“Be it in film, television or videogames, there are so many fantastic performances coming out of Montreal,” says Cary Lawrence, President of ACTRA Montreal. “The ACTRA Awards recognize and celebrate the creative work we do in this city.”The event will be hosted by comedians Eman El-Husseini and Jess Solomon.ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community. Advertisement Twitter Montreal, May 4, 2017 – ACTRA Montreal is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2017 ACTRA Awards in Montreal, to be held Sunday, June 11th at le Gesù.Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Voice:Shawn Baichoo                      Two Nuts and a RichardJoe Cobden                           KnuckleheadsHolly Gauthier-Frankel           Maggie & Bianca Fashion FriendsJennifer Seguin                     Two Nuts and a RichardCarlo Mestroni                      Two Nuts and a RichardNominees for Outstanding Performance – Stunt:Mich Todorovic                       X-men: ApocalypseNaomi Frenette                     X-men: ApocalypseEric Paul-Hus                        X-men: Apocalypse Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Viggo Mortensen to Chair the Twelfth Glenn Gould Prize Jury

first_img Twitter Advertisement The 12th Glenn Gould Prize Jury: Actor Viggo Mortensen attends the premiere of “Good” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on December 11, 2008 in New York City.”Good” New York Premiere – ArrivalsMuseum of Jewish HeritageNew York, NY United StatesDecember 11, 2008Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage.comTo license this image (16310100), contact WireImage.com The JurorsViggo Mortensen (Denmark/USA) – actor, poet, painter, photographer, musician, publisherFrançois Girard (Canada) – award-winning film and opera director (32 Short Films About Glenn Gould)Ute Lemper (Germany) – singer and actress, the premier cabaret artist of our timeThe Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, PC (Canada), former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, novelistFoday Musa Suso – (Gambia/USA) – musician, composer, kora virtuosoNaeemeh Naeemaei (Iran) – painter and conservationistSondra Radvanovsky (Canada / USA) – internationally acclaimed operatic sopranoHoward Shore, OC (Canada) – Academy Award-winning composer of over 80 film scores and concert worksKat Von D (Mexico/USA) – celebrated tattoo artist, television personality, musician, makeup entrepreneur and style icon A celebratory concert in honour of the jury will take place April 13 at 8:00 p.m., Koerner Hall, details to be announced.. Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Professor Ye Xiaogang (China) – internationally renowned composer, Vice President of the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music Advertisement The Glenn Gould Foundation is honoured to announce the members of the Twelfth Glenn Gould Prize Jury, convening April 11 – April 13, 2018 in Toronto to select the next Prize Laureate.Viggo Mortensen, acclaimed actor, writer, poet, musician, painter, photographer and publisher will chair.The Glenn Gould Foundation has assembled a diverse panel of outstanding artists and world citizens who bring a broad and multi-disciplinary range of perspectives to their deliberations.  The Foundation believes that the combined wisdom and experience of these remarkable jurors will ensure that the tradition of The Glenn Gould Prize is not only honoured, but also extended. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Foundation thanks those members of the public who took the time to submit nominations.  Your hard work will be reviewed by our Jurors and will receive their careful consideration.The jury will engage in a lively, thoughtful and intellectually rigorous process to weigh the exceptional and diverse achievements of the nominees.JOIN US – on Friday April 13 at the Leslie and Anna Dan Galleria at Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music at 12:30 p.m. for a public press conference in which the jury will announce their selection for the Laureate of The Glenn Gould Prize (free admission).last_img read more

Canadians get limited version of new CBS streaming app

first_imgThe CBS All Access app launched in Canada Monday, the streaming platform’s first expansion outside of the U.S., but the $5.99 per month service will be lacking some of its most buzz-worthy programming.That’s because CBS has already licensed high-profile content to Canadian broadcasters including the W Network and Bell Media, with the latter holding exclusive rights to The Big Bang Theory and Star Trek Discovery after the U.S. giant struck deals to maximize revenue from its original properties.Star Trek, which premiered in September in Canada on Bell’s CTV network, will not be available on the Canadian All Access service, although current season episodes of other prime-time CBS shows for which Canadian broadcasters have non-exclusive rights will be available, but with new episodes shown seven days after they are first broadcast. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Star Trek, which premiered in September in Canada on Bell’s CTV network, will not be available on the Canadian All Access service. (JAN THIJS / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Smokes seized on Alberta FN had federal stamp commission

first_img(Photo: Rainbow Tobacco president Robbie Dickson.  Photo courtesy of Steve Bonspiel, The Eastern Door)By Noemi LoPinto APTN National News EDMONTON-The millions of cigarettes seized by Alberta authorities last week on the Montana First Nation reserve had the proper federal registration, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission said.The cigarettes displayed the proper “Canada Duty-Paid” stamp, according to a spokeswoman. The commission, however, is still investigating the matter because the 75,000 cartons of cigarettes were not legal for sale in Alberta under provincial law, said Christine Wronko.The 14 million cigarettes were being stored on Montana First Nation to be distributed to reserves throughout Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.The cigarettes were manufactured and shipped to the reserve by Rainbow Tobacco, a federally licensed manufacturer based in Kahnawake, Que.Rainbow Tobacco claims it wasn’t necessary for the Mohawk company to obtain provincial paperwork because the cigarettes were for sale only on First Nations reserves which fall under federal jurisdiction.RCMP investigators also found that the cigarettes appeared to have the proper federal stamp, but continued to investigate to ensure everything was in order.If police investigators believe everything checks out, it may limit the RCMP’s involvement, leaving the Alberta agency to pursue the case.Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission agents seized the 14 million cigarettes Jan. 5 in a raid conducted with the RCMP.Authorities were tipped to the cigarette’s existence after police were called on Jan. 3 following a break-in and theft of over two dozen cases from the Quonset holding the product.The raid also triggered major political upheaval on the First Nation, which sits about 90 kilometres south of Edmonton and is one of four First Nations in Hobbema, Alta.The fate of band Chief Carolyn Buffalo and Coun. Len Standinontheroad, who were involved in the arrangement to bring the cigarettes to the community, remains unclear.Another heated band meeting was held Friday in the community to again discuss the future of the two band politicians.Buffalo and Standingontheroad were initially suspended after the raid. During a press conference Thursday, Buffalo claimed she was still the chief.Coun. Brad Rabbit, who said he was the acting chief, told APTN National News Friday that Buffalo and Standingontheroad were still suspended.He said Buffalo was not authorized by the band council to hold the press conference, which was also attended by the president of Rainbow Tobacco Robbie Dickson.New details have since emerged of the ambitious scope of Rainbow Tobacco’s plan to corner the on-reserve tobacco market in three Western provinces with Montana First Nation acting as the main distribution point.Kahnawake newspaper, The Eastern Door, reported Friday that Rainbow Tobacco had managed to finalize a deal two years in the making to replace all other tobacco brands on the shelves of on-reserve stores across Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.“The Montana First Nation would have been the distribution centre for Rainbow Tobacco to all of the reserves out West. The stores on those reserves were ready to take all other cigarettes off their shelves and only sell Rainbow products,” Dickson told the newspaper.Rainbow Tobacco chief financial officer Chad Rice told APTN National News that the company would go to court to get its seized cigarette’s back.Rainbow Tobacco believes provinces have no jurisdiction to interfere in nation to nation trade between First Nations communities, said Rice.Dickson told The Eastern Door that the Montana First Nation deal would have created 18 jobs in Kahnawake, which counts tobacco as its economic lifeblood.nlopinto@aptn.calast_img read more

Kaska First Nation wants veto rights of gas and oil developments on

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Kaska First Nation is made up of three separate Nations in southeast Yukon.They are disappointed Premier Darrell Pasloski has rejected their offer to establish a government-to-government round table to resolve outstanding issues with Kaska.For instance, repealing Section 13 of the Yukon Oil and Gas Act which gives Kaska veto rights over oil and gas development in their traditional territory.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has the story.last_img

Parole officer who helps Indigenous offenders out of a job

first_imgAPTN National NewsA parole officer in Edmonton who helps First Nations offenders has lost her job.Jodene McIsaac has been working in the Edmonton office for eight years.But she found out recently that her contract was not being renewed. The province of Alberta says it will save $80,000 by cutting her position.APTN’s Chris Stewart reports.last_img

Vancouver police investigating warriors who dumped dirt in Justice Minister WilsonRayboulds office

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Vancouver police is trying to identify a group of masked warriors who dumped dirt inside the constituency office of Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould over her refusal to call a public inquiry into the 1995 Gustafson Lake armed standoff.A spokesperson for the Vancouver police said an investigation is currently ongoing into the March 3 incident, but detectives have yet to identify the warriors who executed the protest.“It is unknown at this time which group was responsible and there have been no arrests made in this case,” said police spokesperson Randy Fincham, in an emailed statement. “Our investigation is ongoing and there is no further information to share at this time.”The group of four warriors entered Wilson-Raybould’s constituency office in Vancouver at about 2 p.m. and “poured dirt on the counter and floor,” said Fincham.An official with Wilson-Raybould’s office in Ottawa told APTN National News that the Vancouver office contacted the police after the incident. The official said the constituency office is currently closed for “cleaning.”Christine Chan, manager of operations for Wilson-Raybould’s Vancouver office, refused to provide a statement on the incident.“We decline to comment,” said Chan, in an email.A video of the incident was posted online by subMedia.tv, an online multimedia “collaboration” which produces “anarchist films” and “radical videos.”The video shows the four warriors, carrying a bullhorn, drum and bags of soil, walk into Wilson-Raybould’s constituency office.An official from Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s office tries to unmask a warrior during March 3 protest. Still image from subMedia.tv video.A warrior with the bullhorn then says they have a “special delivery” for Wilson-Raybould.“Two months after Wolverine has called for the Gustafson Lake inquiry,” said the warrior. “This is a delivery from the warriors….This is our message: Our land is not for sale.”The warrior also refers to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was in Vancouver that week for climate change talks with provincial and territorial premiers along with Indigenous leaders.At one point, a man, who appears to work for Wilson-Raybould’s constituency office, tries to unmask the warriors, but is forced out onto the sidewalk.Wilson-Raybould was confronted about the issue earlier this year when the minister said she wanted to first focus on the inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women. Wilson-Rabyould is one of three cabinet ministers laying the groundwork for that inquiry which is expected to get underway by this summer.Ailing Secwepemc Elder William “Wolverine” Jones Ignace wrote Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould earlier this year requesting a public inquiry into the Gustafsen Lake standoff.The standoff centred on land leased by the province to a rancher near 100 Mile House, B.C., that was used for Sundance ceremonies. The land, which was never surrendered, was reclaimed by the Ts’Peten Defenders in 1995 who refused to leave despite attempts by the rancher to evict them.The standoff saw the RCMP, backed by the Canadian Forces, and warriors exchange tens of thousands of rounds of gunfire, more than during the 1990 Oka crisis. The RCMP also used an IED against a warrior in a pickup truck.Two RCMP officers visited Wolverine on Feb. 26 following protests against a modern day treaty vote by four Secwepemc communities that are part of the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw tribal council.RCMP Sgt. Frank Paul stated the reason for his visit was to discuss a letter Wolverine sent to the Mounties alleging officers were violating Secwepemc sovereignty by intervening in protests against the modern day treaty, according to a statement released on Feb. 27 by the Ts’Peten Defenders.The Ts’Peten Defenders sent a statement to APTN saying they had also seen the video of the warriors dumping dirt at Wilson-Raybould’s office, but provided no further comment. The video was posted on the Defenders’ Facebook page.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

World Indigenous Nations Games to hit central Alberta in July

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsThe second annual World Indigenous Nations Games is heading to Enoch Cree Nation and Edmonton July 2-9 said 0rganizers at its official launch Monday in Enoch.So far 14 countries have registered to compete in the games, some of which include Panama, Finland, New Zealand, Uruguay and Russia.“I take full responsibility to work with our predecessors who blazed these trails for us to celebrate sport and culture on not just a national but an international level,” said Chief Billy Morin of Enoch.“We look forward to taking care of all Indigenous peoples of the world for that time that they’re here. They’re going to be our people. They’re going to be our brothers and sisters. We’re going to feed them, house them and make them feel comfortable.”Peace, reconciliation and cultural diversity is the theme for the games. Surrounding First Nations, the Metis Nation of Alberta, Edmonton and the University of Alberta will join Enoch to sponsor the event.“Our commitment to reconciliation goes beyond the walls of our institution,” said Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse on behalf of U of A. “We are very proud to contribute to the success of these games. We see these games as an opportunity to be a pillar of the lifting up of Indigenous people from around the world.”Over the course of eight days spectators will witness various sporting competition taking place in Enoch and Edmonton. Traditional games will also be featured where Indigenous peoples from Canada will showcase horse relays, lacrosse and Denesuline hand games.Founder and ambassador Dr. Wilton Littlechild said the games will showcase the strength and beauty of cultural diversity from around the globe.“Sport has the power to change lives,” said Littlechild. “We’ve gone through a very sad chapter in Canada where our cultures have been suppressed. We are calling on all governments to join us in leaving a positive legacy for all humanity.”The games are expecting up to 4,000 athletes and participants with registration from at least 30 countries. A budget of $25 million is the goal with fundraising efforts still in motion.Organizers welcome volunteers to submit an application on its website at www.wingames2017.comThe event is designed to coincide with Canada’s 150th anniversary and the 140th anniversary of Treaty 6.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Government tells human rights tribunal that is has complied with ruling to

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsThe federal government told the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that it is complying with a ruling that ordered it to stop discriminating against First Nations children on reserves.The ruling came out Jan. 2016 after a nine year battle to try and get Canada to spend as much on First Nation child welfare services as provinces spend off reserve.Months after the historic ruling, Canada was issued three non-compliance orders for not following the tribunal’s ruling.For three days, groups led by Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society, have been arguing that Canada must abide by the ruling.afrancis@aptn.caFollow @aptnafrancislast_img read more

OCAD U honours Indigenous artist Kent Monkman with degree

first_imgBeverly AndrewsAPTN National NewsThe Ontario College of Arts and Design honoured Indigenous artist Kent Monkman at a ceremony in Toronto.The Cree artists works in various mediums including paints, film and video.His recent project on residential schools has caught the attention of many people.bandrews@aptn.calast_img

US likely to give 6 months notice to withdraw from NAFTA reports

first_imgCanadian government officials say there’s an increasing likelihood that the U.S. will give six months’ notice to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to separate reports from Reuters and Bloomberg.The Canadian dollar and the Toronto stock index fell on the news.The Loonie closed at an average trading price of 80.03 cents US, down 0.27 of a U.S. cent.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 71.29 points to 16,247.95, with industrials among the main decliners.The rate on Canada’s two-year government bonds declined seven basis points to 1.73 per cent, dropping from a six-year high reached Tuesday.CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld says a Bank of Canada interest rate hike next week is not a given.“The existing Bank of Canada forecast had assumed no change in trade relationships, so this is a negative for their outlook,” said Shenfeld.Talks to overhaul NAFTA between the U.S., Canada and Mexico began in August but have so far yielded few results. A sixth round of negotiations will begin this month in Montreal.last_img read more

Meeting with Federal officials about Caribou Recovery cancelled

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District says a meeting was scheduled between Area E Director Dan Rose and Federal Ministry of Environment and Climate Change but was cancelled at the request of Province of B.C.Rose says the meeting between the PRRD and the Federal Government was scheduled for Monday, December 10 to discuss their concerns with the Southern Mountain Caribou.  The meeting was cancelled the day before.Rose said Thursday; the PRRD has been working with the Federal Government.  “The Federal Government was quite concerned with the lack of transparency and engagement by the Provincial Government in the creation of the caribou recovery plan.” Rose wants the current plan to be suspended until a comprehensive impact analysis is completed on all socioeconomic impacts of any changes to land use in the B.C. Peace.This is the second meeting with the PRRD that has been cancelled by the Province.  The Province was supposed to meet with the Board at the beginning of December, but the meeting was cancelled when the Province discovered the meeting would be open to the public.The Regional District says they are continuing to advocate for an open conversation with the Province, Federal Government and local governments regarding the status of the discussions about caribou recovery activities west of Chetwynd.Over 17,000 people have signed a petition against the proposed Caribou Recovery Plan.  You can see the petition and sign it here.last_img read more

Coldest Night of the Year 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN. B.C. – Fort St. John Community Bridge is hosting the Annual Coldest Night of the Year walk. A family fun event that raises money for the less fortunate in our community.With the holiday season fast approaching, Community Bridge would like to send out a reminder to mark February 23rd, 2019 in your calendars to participate and walk in the Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser. Registration for the walk is $25 which includes an entry for the walk, a commemorative toque, delicious chilli dinner donated by the NLC and more great prizes donated by local companies. Walkers can choose to fundraise for the entry to the event in exchange for the $25 entry.The walk starts and finishes at the Northern Lights College, which can be either a 2km or 5km walk from the College to the Credit Union and then back to the college.  This year goal is to raise $25,000. Over the past two years, Community Bridge has raised $40,000. These monies continue to help provide high quality, accessible, inclusive, and flexible services for the needy in the Peace Region. To Visit the Official Page CLICK HERE This Fundraiser helps to continue providing education, support and professional counselling programs, to individuals and families. Counselling and support services, including violence and homelessness prevention, family-strengthening, women’s outreach, and youth justice help build better lives.Community Bridge is committed to creating a safe, caring environment for people to nurture their emotional and social well-being.Walkers can choose to be solo or join a team! Dressing up is welcomed and encouraged, just remember, Its Cold Out There!last_img read more

Weather averages close to normal for Fort St John during July

first_img“An average isn’t something we see very often. It’s usually above or below and it doesn’t usually land on the average very often. But interestingly enough, a lot of the province did this month.”Looking ahead to August and the remainder of the summer season, Lindquist says we can expect to see slightly cooler temperatures but with lower amounts of rain.As a side note, for the holiday long weekend, Environment Canada is calling for sun and temperatures in the low to mid-20s for Saturday and into Monday. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – During the month of July, Fort St. John and the surrounding area saw close to normal averages when it came to the weather.According to Environment Canada Meteorologist, Doug Lindquist, Fort St. John saw the temperature and rain levels around normal for July with the temperature at 15.8°C, four points below the average of 16.2. As for rain amounts, the area saw 65 mm, which is 10 mm below the average for July.Lindquist says it’s not often that July’s weather sits around the average, adding that the majority of British Columbia saw close to the monthly average.last_img read more

Peace Villa receives a donation to complete new Salon space for the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Thanks to a donation by John and Marilynne Herron, these funds helped to complete the new Salon space in Peace Villa for residents to get their hair done.The Salon was in need of an upgrade and a change in design as the amount of need on the salon by residents has increased over the past 5 years. The Salon, run by volunteers, was hard to navigate and the shampoo sink was not set at a height that made it easy for the senior clients to use.Salon days are set for Thursdays running from 8:30 am to Noon, giving residents the opportunity to receive a free service including shampoo, cut and style as well as benefiting from this special time to feel pampered, cared for and the opportunity for social connection, shared Niki Hedges, Executive Director for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation. “The original space for the Salon was set up in the Callahan Room where the washing sink was challenging and some residents were not able to access this sink comfortably due to the height and its location.  In order to care for the number of residents, it was important to install haircutting stations and sinks for all needs,” said HedgesThe Herron’s shared they are honoured to have been able to help with this special and important project.Jill Copes, a Volunteer for three years at the Salon comes in from Cecil Lake to help at the Salon every Thursday in Peace Villa. Copes said, “I was so happy to be asked to volunteer doing hair at Peace Villa as I enjoy coming to spend time with the ladies. Each one is special and they really appreciate some pampering”Copes shares, she knew how important this is to the residents in care as her mum got her hair done every week and knows how it was so special and important to her well being.It has a new and bright feel to create a space that provides a sense of wellbeing, a space to be cared for, to socialize and to have a connection, shared Hedges.last_img read more

STARS Air Ambulance seeking support to renew helicopter fleet

first_imgAccording to Robertson, following the assessment, STARS made the decision to replace the entire fleet by 2022.Robertson says the process of renewing the fleet will be a combination of government contributions, selling the old fleet, and starting a capital campaign. The target of the campaign is $4 million for the Grande Prairie base, with Shell Canada already donating $500,000.Currently, STARS operates an Airbus BK117 helicopter which will be replaced by an Airbus H145 helicopter.STARS is an organization funded by individual donors, service groups, corporate donors and government contributions which provides rapid and specialized emergency care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients across Western Canada.For more information on STARS and to make a donation, you can visit stars.ca. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – STARS Air Ambulance is seeking support to renew its aging helicopter fleet.STARS President and CEO, Andrea Robertson, says they are using the same helicopter fleet since starting operations in 1985 and launched an independent assessment to start looking at renewing the fleet.“We started STARS in 1985, and as it turns out, we’ve been flying the same aircraft for that entire period of time. We knew they were getting old, so we got some independent assessments done, which told us they are pretty much getting to be at end of life.”last_img read more